• The Western Escarpment of the Guadalupes rises above the white gypsum sands of the desert floor.

    Guadalupe Mountains

    National Park Texas

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  • Partial park closures from flood damage.

    Most trails and roads in the park have reopened. Current closures include the Frijole Foothills Loop, McKittrick Ridge, the northern El Capitan Trail section leading to Williams Ranch, and the Salt Basin Dunes Road. Call 915-828-3251 for info.

Curriculum Materials

Developed lesson plans and activities are tied in with New Mexico and Texas educational standards. Topics included
geology, ecology and history.

  • The Capitan formation and Guadalupe peak

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    Geology Lesson 1. The present is the key to the past.

    In this lesson the students will unlock the geologic history of the Guadalupe Mountains, located in Explore »

  • The layering of rock visible in Devil´s Hall

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    Geology Lesson 2. Global building blocks

    This lesson will make students learn about the minerals and rocks that form the geological features Explore »

  • The Frijole Ridge, part of the Capitan Reef, rises above the dry landscape.

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    Geology Lesson 3. Where did the oceans go?

    In this lesson students will learn how internal and external forces shape the landscapes on the Eart Explore »

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    Geology Lesson 3. Where did the oceans go?

    Geology Lesson 3. Where did the oceans go?

    In this lesson, students will examine two common external factors that control geologic landscapes: climate and tectonics. When complete, students should understand the role of each in the geology of the Guadalupe Mountains and in modern geologic events.

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    Geology Lesson 1. The present is the key to the past.

    Geology Lesson 1. The present is the key to the past.

    During the Permian period a sea covered the area and a reef started to form in this marine environment. The actual fossils you can find hiking the Permian trail at Guadalupe are remnants of this ancient feature. This lesson will help high school students to infer what happened in the area using important geological tools like rocks, fossils and satellite images.

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    Geology Lesson 2. Global building blocks

    Geology Lesson 2. Global building blocks

    Rocks and minerals are the building blocks of the Earth Crust. Learning how to identify the main types of rocks and their minerals will help students understand the geology of the Guadalupes and how a beautiful reef can transform into a mountain.

Did You Know?

Nesting Hummingbird

Hummingbirds are often described as "flying jewels" – for good reason. Most males have feathers in their gorgets which shine with a rich, jewel-like iridescence when light hits them. Guadalupe Mountains National Park is host to at least 8 species of hummingbirds, 4 of which are known to nest here.